A US mother has taken to social media to express her shock after her 17-month old daughter's shoes were taped to her feet at her local daycare.
Jessica Hayes posted the disturbing images with her little girl's pink shoes clearly taped to her feet, and the subsequent damage it caused after being taken off.
She captioned her post 'Does anyone see an issue with this ? And am I the only one?''
'Someone was clearly upset that she was learning take her shoes off and done it out of being aggravated,' she wrote. 'This was also not just her shoes being taped up it was around her ankle...My 17-month-old child was unable to say anything.
'This was left on long enough and tight enough to leave marks, cause swelling, and bruise.'
Ms Hayes contacted the director of the daycare, who claimed she was disturbed by the incident also.
The director said: 'Pleasant Hill Day Care in no way condones or allows any practice that would be harmful to a child.'
'We have an outstanding group of caregivers who strive to meet the highest of expectations on a daily basis for the children in our care, and what occurred in the shoe-taping incident is not a representation of who we are.'
Pleasant Hill Day Care is in North Carolina, US.
Jessica reveals she made her post public to encourage other mothers to speak out about things occurring in child care situations.
'It was done to make others aware of not only her daycare but others including in-home daycares, not to keep it silent and only amongst the people who have kids currently enrolled in daycare,' she wrote.
Pleasant Hill Daycare reportedly dismissed the two staff members responsible and sent a note out to parents, although it didn't go into the specifics of the incident.